5 Common Questions about Medical Tourism for Bariatric Surgery
According to the CDC, millions of Americans participate in medical tourism every year. Medical tourism describes the process of traveling to another country for medical care. This occurs for several reasons, including more affordable treatment costs, culture and language needs, and medical procedures that are not offered in the United States.
Medical tourism for bariatric surgery is very popular and increasingly common. Tijuana Bariatrics in Tijuana, Mexico, coordinates treatment for traveling patients and compassionate, highly qualified doctors. Here are the top five questions we receive about medical tourism for bariatric surgery:
1. Is Medical Tourism Safe?
There are always risks associated with traveling and undergoing a medical procedure. Patients who plan to travel outside of the country for bariatric surgery should research healthcare providers and facilities extensively before committing to treatment. Be sure to ask about medical tourism insurance policies.
Tijuana Bariatrics works closely with top bariatric surgeons who provide affordable care in Tijuana, Mexico. Your safety is our top priority. Patients will be chauffeured to and from the facilities and the airport.
All of the doctors we work with are board-certified and hold themselves to the highest standard of excellence. Additionally, the hospitals and facilities used by these doctors are safe, accredited, and held to the same standards as those in the U.S.
2. What Kind of Accommodations Can I Expect?
Not all bariatric surgery centers are the same. Tijuana Bariatrics offers vacation-like amenities, including:
- Two nights at the hospital
- Two nights at the Marriott Hotel
- Chauffeur services
- The opportunity to experience Tijuana and all of its attractions and beaches
Our medical tourism coordinators take care of the planning, so you don’t have to.
3. How Do I Find Trusted Doctors?
Research is essential to finding a doctor that you can trust and feel comfortable with. Look into the doctor’s technology, techniques, facility, and treatment options. In addition, read the doctor’s patient reviews if they are available.
During your initial consultation with a doctor, ask questions and be vocal about your expectations and desires.
The network of physicians that we coordinate with includes a bariatric surgeon, follow-up care physician, anesthesiologist, and nutritionist. Each doctor has extensive experience in their fields of expertise.
Dr. Fernando Garcia, specifically, is board-certified and has performed over 10,000 bariatric surgeries.
4. What Are the Benefits of Bariatric Surgery in Tijuana, Mexico?
The cost of weight loss surgery in Mexico is about 70% lower than it is in the United States. This is one of the top reasons why medical tourism is so popular.
In general, bariatric surgery is a safe solution for patients who suffer from weight loss issues. Most patients maintain their life-changing weight loss results for at least five years after surgery.
Additionally, when you choose to work with Tijuana Bariatrics, you have access to incredible amenities and a trustworthy and experienced team of doctors.
5. Can You Provide a Step-by-Step Example of the Medical Tourism Process?
The details vary from patient to patient, but here is what you can generally expect when traveling to Mexico for bariatric surgery:
- Arrive in San Diego, CA
- A chauffeur will pick you up and drive you to the Marriott in Tijuana
- Arrive at the hospital for an evaluation and to meet your bariatric surgeon
- Undergo surgery and stay in the hospital until you are released
- Transition from the hospital to the hotel for recovery
Learn More about Medical Tourism in Mexico
Medical tourism provides patients in the United States access to affordable medical treatments without sacrificing safety or quality of care. To learn more about our bariatric surgery facility, contact us online or call (800) 308-3607 today.